Nursing

Blog spotlight: Nurse liability: Keeping you and your staff educated and aware

Nurse Leader Insider, December 14, 2009

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As a nurse manager, you have many legal concerns. Not only must you be concerned with your own liability, but you must also stay alert about the liability risks of the nurses working under your supervision.

Although some liability risks are universal to all nursing practice areas, certain clinical settings also generate liability risks. As the nurse manager, being knowledgeable and educating your staff about universal liability risks and those specific to a practice area will increase the quality of care provided and reduce liability.

Some universal liability risks include the following:

  • Failure to communicate patient’s condition to other healthcare professionals
    • While a patient is hospitalized, his or her condition must be monitored continually and evaluated. Pertinent physical findings must be reported promptly to the healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s care.

To read more on additional universal liability risks, click here.



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